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March 14, 2011 at 9:01 PM

T-Mobile’s new Sidekick 4G: Touch, Android, Samsung

Here are a few pictures of the new Sidekick 4G that T-Mobile USA and Samsung are unveiling Tuesday. Black and magenta models will go on sale this spring, at a price the companies will disclose later.

It still has the flip-up screen and five-row keyboard, and now has a 3.5-inch touchscreen display.

The Sidekick no longer has the Danger software inside. Instead it’s running Google’s Android operating system (version 2.2), with a few special applications.

They include “Sidekick Group Text” — for starting and managing reply-all group text conversations and “social planning” — and “Cloud Text” for texting friends or groups across platforms and from PCs as well as Sidekicks.

Preloaded on the devices are Twitter, Facebook and “Media Room,” a media player, radio and store.

A front-facing camera can be used for video chat with the Qik application. Inside, the device has a 1 gigahertz A8 Hummingbird processor. Using T-Mobile’s upgraded HSPA+ network, it has a theoretical peak download speed of 21 megabits per second.

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Comments | Topics: Gadgets & products, Phones, T-Mobile

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